Chili in a pot next to a plate of chili dog and chips.

Hot Dog Chili In The Instant Pot

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Chili in a pot next to a plate of chili dog and chips.

Make this delicious spicy, tangy, lightly sweetened Hot Dog Chili In The Instant Pot or stovetop. Prepare it in the pressure cooker for the best flavor in the shortest amount of time. The pot makes it easy to carry out to your next cookout and automatically keeps the chili warm before serving. Dress your hot dog with it or add a can of chili beans to enjoy in a bowl with all the fixin’s.

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Cooking In The Instant Pot

The Instant Pot pressure cooker is one of the best appliances that take up space in my kitchen. I have to admit there was trepidation the first time I used it. Once, my girl scout leader told me how her stovetop pressure cooker exploded. That left lasting impressions of food hanging from the ceiling in my young mind.

However, after much practice, I have a healthy cautious attitude with successful, safe food preparation that everyone needs when cooking with pressure.

Instant Pot

Now, I know that some of you have one of these babies sitting in a closet still in the box it came in. How do I know? Because you, and others, have told me so! So what are you waiting for? Get that pot out and familiarize yourself with the instruction booklet. Then follow these simple directions in this recipe or any one of the Instant Pot recipes right here on the blog like My Sister’s Cowboy Stew or Instant Pot Rolled Steak and more.

Assembling The Hot Dog Chili

My daughter Deidra first introduced me to this chili, which includes some flavorful ingredients of regular mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and brown sugar. I just tweaked it a bit to suit a great tasting chili dog.

Ingredients for hot dog chili in the Instant Pot.

I know this looks like a lot of ingredients, but in this chili, the more, the merrier. You probably have most, if not all, of these in your kitchen right now.

A meat chopper browning ground meat in the Instant Pot.
This is a meat chopper from Pampered Chef and it helps
get the lumps out of ground meat during browning.

Another good thing about using the Instant Pot is cooking ingredients halfway. Yes, halfway! Here, you cook the onions and the ground meats just enough to get them on their way. The pot does the rest for you. There is no stopping what you’re doing to stir and adjust the heat, either. You set it and leave it. Plus, it’s so quiet you’ll wonder if it’s working at all.

So gather your ingredients, plug your pot in, prepare the recipe, and let it do its thing! Start with this Hot Dog Chili In The Instant Pot, then try these other recipes like Classic Cabbage Rolls, Va Vite Red Beans and Rice, or Vegetable Beef Soup “La Soup a’ Marie.”

Now, go forth and conquer supper with your Instant Pot!

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Chili in a pot next to a plate of chili dog and chips.

Hot Dog Chili In The Instant Pot

This chili is easily made in the Instant Pot with its tangy, lightly sweetend taste. The pressure cooker gets the best flavor in the shortest amount of time, keeping the chili warmed before serving.

  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 16 servings 1x



1/2 cup salted butter, 1 stick

1 large onion, chopped (about 1 1/2 cups)

4 cloves garlic, pressed

1 1/2 pounds ground chuck beef

1/2 pound ground pork breakfast sausage

1/4 cup chili powder

2 tablespoons brown sugar, packed

3 tablespoons yellow mustard

1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce

1  14 1/2-ounce can fire roasted diced tomatoes

1  15-ounce can tomato sauce

1 1/2 teaspoons or more Cajun seasoning, like Slap Ya Mama

1 teaspoon salt

1 15-ounce can chili beans (optional)


In the instant pot add the butter and press the saute’ button to melt, then add onions and saute for a few minutes.

Add the garlic, beef, and sausage and halfway brown the meat.

Stir in the chili powder, brown sugar, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, tomatoes, tomato sauce, and seasonings.

Add a can of chili beans if preferred.

Press the Chili setting and close the pot securely with the valve placed on sealing.

After the timer goes off, let the pot set until the pressure is self-released and leave in the pot on the warm setting until ready to serve.


Add water to thin chili if so desired. 

It takes about 10 minutes before the initial 30 minute cooking time in the instant pot begins to build up pressure.

You can release the pressure by moving valve to venting in order to serve right after cook timer goes off, careful to steer clear of the shooting steam from the valve, instead of waiting for the pot’s self-realease.

The recipe is easily made on the stovetop in a large pot by cooking the onion until clear, browning the meats thoroughly, and simmering for at least 30 minutes after all the chili ingredients are assembled, but the longer the simmer the better the chili.

  • Author: Louisiana Woman
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Category: Main Dishes
  • Method: Simmering/broiling
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Hot Dog Chili Instant Pot

A pot of chili next to bowls of cheese, onions, and chips.

Also, if you like beans in your chili, you can add a can of spicy chili beans. No matter how you eat it, on a hot dog or in a bowl with all the fixin’s, this is one tasty chili!

Chili in a pot next to a plate of chili dog and chips.

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